Winter Wonderland

I suppose I should update. Life’s been VERY slow here. We’ve been snowed in for almost a week, and I hate it. So does Tianna. We stil have about a foot of snow, but my dad put chains on our car, and we’re going to venture up to the grocery store so that I can get the rest of my Christmas presents and Tianna can have an outing, her first in over a week. We discovered that if she eats too much snow, she gets really runny stools. SO, no snow for little Tianna!!!

She’s a sweet girl. Many a night she will curl up in my lap and we’ll watch a movie. She’s still working on not mouthing, and whining’s been interesting (when she’s on the tie-down), but over all she’s great. Spends a lot of time loose in my room or on tie-downs in other parts of the house.

I really do need to get some pictures with her, especially ones in the snow. But she’s so wiggly it’s hard. And I hate snow. So put them together, and it’s been a challenge to be motivated enough to get out the camera and the dog at the same time. But here are some from inside:


I take it back. I do have ONE good picture of her in the snow….




Mellow Fellow


Fellow is very calm and laid-back. BUT, I’m looking forward to taking Vortex again. I love that little puppy. Fellow is so so so calm that he almost has no personality. I like Vortex’s spunky personality. 😀

100th Post!!

Wow I can’t believe I’ve reached 100 posts….weeiirrdd…

Well with his raiser’s permission, I’d like to introduce you to Lawrence’s brother, Lorenzo.

Like most of the “L” litter, Lorenzo made it all the way to phase 10. However, he was career changed and is now living with his raisers’ niece.

One thing I’ve noticed about this litter is that they all look so different from eachother!! (Although I haven’t seen any of the girls, the boys are all so different looking…)

Lorenzo (who I think looks a little bit like Kimora)



Weird, huh?

Oh, and Lorenzo’s raisers are now raising this adorable little man, Newby:

And since this is post #100, I thought I’d post pictures (that hopefully I haven’t posted before, lol) of all the dogs who are special to me….being a puppy sitter, there are many 😀

A is for…

Arturo (my first puppy)

Armand (Arturo’s brother, raised near me by a girl who became a friend because of the boys)

B is for…

Bono (my “demo dog” if I ever had a public speaking event about GDB, which I do a lot, I brought Bono. He was practically perfect. Oh-so-mellow)

Bradford (my “Christmas dog” of ’06…i’ve had a dog every christmas for 3 years)

F is for…

Fantine (the 3rd puppy of Armand’s raiser who spent 3 weeks with me earlier this year…you may remember her 🙂 She’s also Frisco’s sister)

Flynn (a puppy who came up with Lawrence, Fillmore’s brother, that I practically co-raised. He spent a little less than a half of his puppy raising days at my house, but we LOVED him)

L is for…

Lantana (a.k.a. Lanabanana or the ADHD teddy bear…Lana is also being raised by a friend, and spends time with me occasionally)

Lawrence (“the little guy”, my first starter puppy and first graduate)

P is for…

Devil. Oh, I mean Pomona (my 3rd puppy, 2nd starter, and……a handful. 😀 She was my Christmas ’07 puppy)

S is for…

Sakino (another amazing beyond belief puppy…I showed him at 4-H state fair, and he came in first against 6 other puppies in his class. Which is a big accomplishment!)

V is for…

Vortex (I love this dog. He’s my favorite PIT right now. I have an open arrangement with his raiser that if she ever needs him to go somewhere for a day so she can work a full day, that I’ll take him to school with me)

The other dogs who are special to me, are all of your dogs. 😀 Over the……however long I’ve been blogging, I feel like I know some of you guys and your pups. If someone mentions one of your dogs my immediate reactions is, “Oh! I know him! (or her)…well, technically I don’t, but I know him online!”

I love this community of blogger raisers….you guys are so great. Who knows. Maybe one day you’ll actually get to read about MY dog….#4…. 🙂

Arturo update

Well he’s still alive! I have to contact Arturo’s owner family to get any info on how he’s doing, so I e-mailed them yesterday after the presentation at the library. This is what she had to say:

Raleigh(Arturo) is doing great. We set out at 5:30 am tomorrow morning for our big Sunday walk with Molly, a black lab. He loves the walk. We do that before church and before all the hot weather hits. He has been getting all the attention he can stand at work with my guys. He is also finally enjoing fetch and much more playful now that he is slowly getting away from being a “working” dog. He is such  joy and I love him so much. I can not imagine life without him.
Hope your summer is going well.
It’s good to hear he’s doing well, but sad that he’s un-learning everything I worked so hard to teach him. Such is the life of a career changed dog….
Almost exactly 2 years ago…


I got an e-mail from Arturo’s owner yesterday… sounds like he’s doing well!!

We are getting ready to head out for a nice long walk with a black lab named Moli. Arturo is beginning to play more…especially with other dogs. I take him to the park and off leash and he romps with other dogs until he is exhausted. He has also started to enjoy retreiving. Its fun. Of course, his day is spent as the King of Decorative Bark (the business his owner runs) with loads of people coming in and out of the office and always making a big deal over him. Some of my truck drivers call him Jug Head from the old cartoons. He and our little Shitzu are the best of friends and actually lay on the same bed. It’s cute.
He’s turning 3 May 6th, so I’m sending him a stuffed sterilized bone (a toy I ALWAYS wanted to get him, but never could, with GDB’s rules) and one of his toys from here, like I do every year.
I was thinking about Arturo and all the goofy things we did with him. I taught him all his commands in Spanish. 😀
Did anyone get the e-mail saying their photo made it into the GDB calendar as one of the top 12? I got the other one, saying mine didn’t, so I was wondering….
I found out that one of my good friends is officially getting a May puppy. I’ll post the gender/breed/color/letter when I find out both hers and the one that’s coming to our club. I’m hoping to go to the puppy truck, but we’ll see. (Carrie, the girl who’s getting the puppy is Wally’s raiser. 🙂 )
Here’s Wally’s raiser and Arturo right before the big guy left…

The monotony

Life is so monotonous without a puppy…. Besides spazzing out when I found out Lawrence was in phase 6….not much intersting has happened here.

I found out another friend of mine is getting a May puppy…. *jealousy*

I found out that the other Anna will be coming about 15 minutes away from my house this summer for her family reunion, soooooo I might get to meet her and puppy-sit Lynn!!!!! *happiness*

Fantine’s coming to rule my house… *cough* I mean to be puppy-sat in less than a month.

Aaaaand Arturo turns 3 in May. Weird. Really weird. Even weirder was realizing that in less than 6 months I can finally get my license (I’m waiting until I’m old enough that I don’t have to take driver’s ed) and then I can just go and take puppies places whenever I want to. That’ll be amazing.

We talked about adopting Lawrence if he gets career changed and his 2nd raiser don’t want him. That would be so cool, but of course I would much rather have him graduate. But if we get the call, I don’t think they’ll let me keep him–I think it was more of a hypothetical discussion.

Enjoy your puppies, everyone, while I weep over lacking one….